- File Size: 1636 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion (August 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007AE2RGY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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A Bloody Storm: A Derrick Storm Short Kindle Edition
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The plot is one-dimensional and predictable. Anyone with half a brain could see the ending coming a mile away.
The entire series feels like it was written and edited in a hurry. Definitely not what I've come to expect from Richard Castle. I hope Frozen Heat has spent a lot more time with the editor.
It all begins in Oxford, England, when Derrick Storm and FBI agent April Showers escape barely alive after a car chase and a confrontation, with a man and a woman, who were supposed to be the faithful friends and allies of oligarch Ivan Petrov, but who were actually under the payroll of Russian president Barkovsky.
Storm checks Showers, who's injured into a hospital, before heading straight back to Washington to meet his ex -and now temporary- boss, Jedidiah Jones, director of the National Clandestine Service. There he finds out that he's not to remain in the city for long, since he needs to find the 60 billions' worth of gold, that all the fuss was all about, before it falls into the hands of Barkovsky. For this reason he needs to oversee a team consisting of another "dead" agent called Casper, a Russian geologist that goes by the name of Oscar, and Dilya, an Uzbekistani woman and CIA asset.
In the meantime Showers, though wounded, has not yet left all her trouble behind, since as she's driven towards a military base from which she's supposed to fly to the U.S. she's abducted by the Russians.
From the very beginning until the very end of this story, all the protagonists seem to be playing a game of cat and mouse with each other. Everyone is suspicious of everyone else, nothing is for granted, and there's definitely a traitor on the loose, whose identity we'll only come to find out just before the end.
But the surprises don't stop there. Castle likes to keep the reader guessing and he does that very well. The pace is fast, the twists and turns plentiful and there's some romance lurking in the shadows as well.
I would say that, in the end, these three volumes make a very good, though kind of short novel, which will undoubtedly leave his fans satisfied.
This novella picks up right as the second leaves us with a massive cliffhanger. Derrick Storm is trying to save himself and his FBI partner from Russian goons looking for gold. Storm's boss sends him and a team of other operatives off the books to find this gold before the Russians can get to it.
This was a great series and it is well worth the read for anyone looking for a good spy story, not just fans of the show Castle. I will say my biggest complaint with this particular book was the typos. There were times the names changed, Agent Showers was Agent Flowers at one point. And my favorite mistake was when Storm cautiously Peed over the jacked surface of a rock in a gun fight at night. I am pretty sure the character wouldn't have peed over a rock during a gun fight where he is trying to hide from his attackers. But I do understand, when you've got to go, you got to go. It did make for an entertaining chuckle.
Personally I thought they were slightly better written then the Nikki Heat novels (I've only read the first two, so perhaps they got better). They moved at a faster pace and the characters seemed fresher--obviously every Nikki Heat character is based on a character from the show which doesn't give the novels any freshness.
I sincerely hope that the folks who write these tie in shorts (and novels) produce more of the Derrick Storm books (or more shorts). I know I would personally like to see April Showers and Derrick Storm on a new mission.
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Fast read and kept the attention of the reader. Kept you wanting more and wished the book hadn't ended soonPublished 9 days ago by Eleanor Christiansen
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